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The student news site of Eastern Illinois University in Charleston, Illinois.

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Eastern Football Team runs out of their tunnel against UT Martin at O‘Brien Field Saturday afternoon.

COLUMN: The Good, Bad and Ugly of 2023 football season

Zaria Flippin, Sports Editor November 26, 2023

Lets face it: Eastern surprised a lot of people with one of the best turnarounds of the season in the Football Subdivision Championship. With an 8-3 overall record, this has been the best record since...

Eastern football team celebrates after getting a interception against UT Martin at O‘Brien Field Saturday afternoon.

EIU Football ends regular season with best record since 2013

Zaria Flippin, Sports Editor November 18, 2023

It has been six years since the Panthers had a winning season, and it has been an additional four years since the team won at least eight games in the regular season. Eastern won their last game of the...

Easterns football team practice on the OBrien field, a few days away before their last game of the season.

EIU looks forward to possible playoff contention game

Zaria Flippin and Duane Carter November 16, 2023

With a 30-17 win over the Tennessee State Tigers last Saturday, the Panthers look to end their season with a fourth straight win when they face Robert Morris University at Joe Walton Stadium on Saturday...

Senior kicker Stone Galloway kicks a 56 yard field goal to put the panthers ahead of Mcneese St cowboys with 20 seconds left at O‘Brien Field Saturday afternoon. The panthers won 31-28.

The Panthers’ secret weapon

Aidan Cusack, Sports Reporter October 24, 2023

The definition of a secret weapon, according to the Cambridge Dictionary is “something or someone that no one knows about and that will give you an advantage over your competitors or enemies.” When...

Justin Thomas, a graduate wide receiver, runs the ball pass UT Martin players during their homecoming game at O‘Brien Field Saturday afternoon.

How does eligibility work for college athletes?

Luther Yoder, Assistant Sports Editor October 17, 2023

Eligibility in college sports is a very complicated thing. From redshirting to a COVID year to a medical redshirt, players in today’s game can get up to six years or more of eligibility. Some...

Running back MJ Flowers, runs down the field after catching the ball during practice on Wednesday afternoon.

25th ranked Panthers continue to prepare for first conference game against UT Martin

Zaria Flippin and Duane Carter October 5, 2023

With a 19-10 win over Northwestern State, Eastern looks to keep it rolling at home this week vs. University Tennessee-Martin this Saturday at O’Brien Stadium. Panthers’ Head Coach Chris Wilkerson...

Redshirt sophomore Blake Ruffin (left) and graduate wide receiver Justin Thomas (right) pose at practice on Sunday afternoon at O’Brien Field.

A tale of two 4s

Zaria Flippin, Sports Editor September 18, 2023

Graduate wide receiver Justin Thomas and redshirt sophomore safety Blake Ruffin wear the jersey number four on the field. On both sides of the ball, Thomas and Ruffin made crucial plays with less than...

Graduate wide receiver Justin Thomas runs into the end zone to score the first touchdown of the game during the Mid-America Classic game against the Redbirds at OBrien Field Saturday. Thomas scored two touchdowns and ran for 80 yards. The Panthers won 14-13.

Panthers of the Week: Giovana Larregui López, Justin Thomas

Zaria Flippin, Sports Editor September 17, 2023

The female Panther of the Week is going to senior outside hitter Giovana Larregui López. The outside hitter from Carolina, Puerto Rico helped the Panthers sweep the Mizzou Tigers 3-0 Thursday evening...

Members of the football team hoist the Mid-America Classic trophy to the student section after defeating the Illinois State University Redbirds 14-13 at OBrien Field Saturday.

Panthers win Mid-American Classic at home opener

Zaria Flippin, Sports Editor September 16, 2023

Eastern Illinois won the 111th Mid-American Classic at O’Brien Field on Saturday afternoon. The Panthers won the game against the 25th-ranked Illinois State Redbirds 14-13. In addition to gaining...

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